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Fish’s Johnson not bad, but Phil’s Halladay is perfect

Posted By Keith Kobler On May 30 2010 @ 12:03 am In Florida Marlins | No Comments

What more can ya ask for as a baseball fan? Memorial Day Weekend, South Florida on a georgious 85 degree Saturday night, a perfect setting for baseball. To top it all off, throw in a marquis pitching match up of two of the top pitchers in the majors between staff aces Josh Johnson and Roy Halladay….what could be more perfect?

The bill lived up to the hype and on any other night, walking off the mound giving up 1 run on 7 hits in 7 innings while fanning 6 would be any reason to tip your cap to the home crowd, tonight however, the only caps that were tipped were to Doc Halladay.

Following pinch hitter Ronnie Paulino’s ground out, Roy Halladay had his first perfect game under his belt and the 2nd in the majors in just under a month since Dallas Braden’s gem against the Tampa Bay Rays on Mothers Day. Halladay struck out 11 and threw 71 strikes of 115 total pitches.

Prior to this season I was one of those fans that really respected Halladay for his career accomplishments thus far in pitching his career with a weak Toronto Blue Jays team and facing the likes of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox a good portion of the season. When the trade came down that landed him in Philly, I thought even he might suffer a bit as a change in any league requires an adjustment period of getting to know the hitters. Halladay has been everything the Phils could have asked for and more, and now tonight we can even say he was perfect. As a lifelong Mets fan, this concept is new to me….a superstar player comes to your team and maintains his status and puts it into a higher gear….CRAZY!

The loss leaves the Marlins two games under .500 at 24-26 and sole possession of the cellar in the National League East, 5 games behind the division leading Phillies.

Not much you can do on nights like these but tip your cap to the pitcher, but errors which lead to the only run of the game have plagued the Fish all year and the past 2 as well. Defense and pitching continue to be the backbone of any successful team. Until we see that….stay tuned.


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